National College renamed

PARKERSBURG – National College in Parkersburg will be known as American National University.

The college on Thursday announced the name change for its Virginia and West Virginia campuses.

A release from Chuck Steenburgh, spokesman for the college, said the change will go into effect during the fall term. Campuses at Charlottesville, Danville, Harrisonburg, Lynchburg and Martinsville in Virginia and at Parkersburg and Princeton in West Virginia are affected by the transition.

“The continued development of academic programs and professional training offerings in our Virginia and West Virginia Campuses reflect the same evolutionary process behind the transition of our flagship Roanoke Valley campus to university status,” American National University President Frank Longaker said in a release. “As National College continues to evolve, we look forward to more of our campuses making this transition in coming months.”

In March, National moved to change its Roanoke Valley campus to American National University.

College officials said American National University does not replace National College.

“Our 29 community-based campuses, and additional campuses we will open in other communities, will continue to operate as National College,” Steenburgh stated. “Our flagship campus and institutional headquarters in Salem and Roanoke, Virginia will take the American National University name. Other facilities, such as our new academic center in Fairfax County, Virginia, offering ESL instruction and corporate training through the school of professional development, will also operate under the American National University name.”

Steenburgh said current students will not see dramatic changes.

Students will continue to reap the benefits of our decades of tradition and experience as well as new opportunities and resources, he said.

Founded in 1886, American National University is dedicated to the training and education of men and women for a full life and a successful career in a number of fields in business, information technology, and health care. The university offers more than 45 academic programs including a master of business administration, seven bachelor’s degrees, and numerous associate degree and diploma programs. National College has locations in Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.

The university serves more than 7,000 students a year.

National College came to Parkersburg in 2010, acquiring a long-term lease of the former Bureau of Public Debt in the Park Shopping Center.

The school, which is private and for-profit, has been an accredited business of the Better Business Bureau since 1941.